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Seacon. 37th World Science Fiction Convention, Seacon '79 - Page 23. August 23, 1979 - August 27, 1979. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 9, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/482/show/362.

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Seacon. (August 23, 1979 - August 27, 1979). 37th World Science Fiction Convention, Seacon '79 - Page 23. Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/482/show/362

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Title 37th World Science Fiction Convention, Seacon '79
Creator (Local)
  • Seacon
Date August 23, 1979 - August 27, 1979
Description Information regarding the guests of honor for Seacon '79.
Donor Leiber, Fritz; Leiber, Justin
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Science fiction conventions
  • Fantasy fiction
  • Science fiction
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Leiber, Fritz
  • Aldiss, Brian W.
  • Shaw, Bob
Subject.Name (Local)
  • Seacon
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Brighton, England
Genre (AAT)
  • brochures
  • documents (object genre)
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 1984-003, Box 57, Folder 29
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Original Collection Fritz Leiber Papers
Digital Collection Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/1984_003
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript vX^»M ivx^lxlx-x •:;x;xixixxX:::X:::::X::::::: •:•:•:•.•.•.•.•. •:•:•:•:•:• yyWWW On the night wind the request comes in. Like clockwork. Say a few words in praise of Fritz Leiber. Would you mind? We know you're busy, but would you mind? We know you've done this a dozen times already, but would you mind? Yes, at long last, yes, I mind very much. This is foolishness. In the last three years I have sat down behind the typewriter on eight different occasions to " say a few words about Fritz Leiber." I have said that he is one of the perhaps dozen writers in the history of literature whose command of the language, whose inventiveness, whose shining genius intimidates me. I have said that I have no hesitation in ranking him with Poe and Kafka and Borges and Collier and Blackwood and Machen and Shirley Jackson and Gerald Kersh and Rampo and Stanley Ellin; than whom there are no greater. I have said that none of us working in the genre of the fantastic today are free of the lessons taught by Leiber. I have said that he sets a high water mark for all of us struggling to be perfect, that simply cannot be reached. I have said that he is an original and when - dark the day - he leaves us, we will never see his like again. I have said all this, and it's foolishness. I If, after forty years, anyone is foolish or ignorant enough to need words from punks like me about Fritz Leiber, it is a sorry pass indeed. Honoring him at science fiction conventions is amusing time-waste and perhaps even a touch heartwarming after all this time, but the truth of the matter is that if Fritz Leiber had not devoted his life and his life's work to the insular community category fantasy, Seacon '79 might well be honoring a Nobel Laureate in Literature. But since he did, and since the Nobel juries seem utterly unaware of the laborers in this hideously insular community, he comes to this year and this moment as the totem of fans, rather than as a major entry in every important study of literary forces in the Twentieth Century. I find that tragic and disgraceful. To be blunt, and make no friends doing it, Fritz Leiber is - and has always been - too good for his audience. His talent was always too big for the category, his dreams too rich, his goals too noble for us. He deserves far better, much more, than merely being feted at science fiction conventions. And so I will say no more for such tiny tributes. He does not need these words from me, or from any of us. He is better than we can ever hope to be; he is grander, finer, deeper, and worthier than any words can say. After forty years he commands all our love and all our admiration; and what we have to give him now is inadequate. The words that need to be said about the man and the work called Fritz Leiber are the words spoken by time and posterity. When lesser names like Lovecraft and Merritt and Burroughs are consigned to the academic's shelf of curiosities, the stories written by Fritz Leiber will continue to burn with their own hellishly beautiful blue glow, and the books will continue to be passed down from generation to generation for lesser writers to study and emulate; the stories that make dilettantes wither and poseurs ashamed. Time will say what must be said about Fritz Leiber. So don't ask me again. I have said all I can say about him. He beggars description, and his words outshine the best of ours. Honor him if you will, but it's only gilding your own lily. He doesn't need it, he needs and deserves far more; that which we crawlers cannot provide. For what he has given us, over forty years, no amount of cheap, self-congratulatory accolades, intended to make us look important by our merest association with him, count for the smallest tribute. Time and posterity will say what has to be said for Fritz Leiber. And even they will never speak eloquently enough. HARLAN ELLISON Los Angeles 28 April 79 Copyright 1979 Harlan Ellison 23